Coaching Philosophy

Our relational coaching philosophy is what sets our coaching apart. We believe that the relationship between coach and coachee - what happens 'in between' is the key to coaching success.


Relational Coaching Approach

At Hult Ashridge we see coaching as a relational practice. While we take it as read that serving our clients is the primary task of a coaching relationship, we have a particular perspective on the nature of this relationship. We take the view that the relationship between coach and client is at the heart of effective coaching and is, therefore, the central vehicle for learning and change. We see this as a mutual and co-creating relationship rather than a remedial contract to solve a problem.

I wanted to work with other experienced coaches. At Hult Ashridge, you have the opportunity to work with some of the thought leaders in the coaching world which was a real privilege.

Jane Cox

Master's in Executive Coaching

Hult Ashridge Center for Executive Coaching

The aim of the Hult Ashridge Center for Executive Coaching is to build bridges between science and practice and promote rigorous foundations for the executive coaching field. Our research is grounded in the belief that coaching is a mutual and co-created, relational practice and is used to inform the continuing development of our coaching and supervision qualification programs.

Building on our established research base, the center aims to advance knowledge in the important field of coaching. Through both qualitative and quantitative research, we explore new ways of working, new applications for coaching, and new ways of delivering impact.

Relational Coaching Resources

Erik de Haan and his team of coaching and supervision faculty have published extensively in the topic of relational coaching. We also host a regular Relational Coaching Conference, to which our students and alumni are invited to attend and contribute to.

Being Supervised

In this 2nd edition of Being Supervised, Erik advises executive coaches on how to get the most out of the supervision process

Coaching Begins at Hello

Coaching Begins at Hello

Originally published in Training Journal, 2019, this article explores the importance of the first moments of a coaching relationship.

Relational Coaching Field Book

Edited by Erik de Haan and Charlotte Sills

The Theory and Practice of Relational Coaching

Simon Cavicchia and Maria Gilbert expand existing coaching theory and practice to focus on the implications of the relational turn for how coaches and clients think about the nature of identity, the self, change, learning, and individual and organisational development.

Critical Moments in Coaching

Erik de Haan's book examines the change process supported by workplace and executive coaching, making use of empirical evidence from the study of a range of real coaching conversations and coaching relationships.

Our Coaching and Supervision Faculty

All of our coaching and supervision faculty are advocates of a relational coaching approach. They are widely regarded as organization consultants, coaches and supervisors. Many have psychotherapy and Gestalt backgrounds which inspire our relational approach.

Ann Knights

BA (Hons), MSc, MCIPD, DipM, ATT

Erik de Haan

Ashridge Centre for Coaching Director, MA, MSc, PHD

David Birch

BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc, PG Cert Supervision

Charlotte Sills

MA, MSc, PGCE, Teaching/Supervising Transactional Analyst (ITAA)

Simon Cavicchia

MA (Oxon), MSc (Organisational Change), MSc (Gestalt Psychotherapy), Dip. Supervision

Judith Bell

BA(Hons), DipClinPsych, DPsych, AFBPsS

Tammy Tawadros

MSc in HR/Organisational Consulting

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Next intake: October 17, 2024

The deadline for our next intake is September 11, 2024. This is a fully online cohort and places are filling up fast, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.